pain in upper calf and back of ankle
I was jogging in place when after a couple of times, I heard a very loud pop. I felt immediate pain in the back of my calf that radiated down to the back of my ankle and top of my heel. It hurts if I walk on it and I can't put any pressure on it when walking. If I walk with my foot pointed out, it feels a little better. It almost feels like I have a charlie horse in my calf but there is pain, not too bad, at the back of my foot. I have put ice on it, but is this something I should be worried about or is it just some type of sprain?RESPONSE
Hearing a loud pop is never a good sign. Based on your story it sounds like you may have partially tore your achilles tendon at the level of you calf where the leg muscles in the back of your leg come together to form the achilles tendon.
This would certainly send pain down to the heel.
Another possibility is that you tore your plantaris tendon which is a much smaller tendon that passes down the back of your leg.
If you had torn the tendon all the way through you probably would not be able to walk due to the pain. The fact that you only have a "charlie horse" type pain leads me to believe it may only be a partial tear. I am only guessing here because I do not have the luxury of being able to actually examine you.
It has now been two days since the injury and if you are still in a fair amount of pain, the smart money would be to see a doctor in your area and have the leg examined.
I know nothing about your history, your age, are you very active, does your job require you to stand or walk quite a bit, are you overweight? All these factors can have an adverse affect on your problem, meaning if there is a tear, it could worsen or at the very least take forever to heal.
If it turns out to be just a small tear you will probably need nothing more than some rest and immobilization; if it should tear further than you might require surgery to repair the tear.
That is why I think you should see a local doctor, specifically an orthopedist who is best trained to treat this type of problem.
I would not want to see this problem worsen.
Marc Mitnick DPMDISCLAIMER